Friday Sermon about the Woolwich killing – text

وَإِذَا جَاءَهُمْ أَمْرٌ مِّنَ الْأَمْنِ أَوِ الْخَوْفِ أَذَاعُوا بِهِ ۖ وَلَوْ رَدُّوهُ إِلَى الرَّسُولِ وَإِلَىٰ أُولِي الْأَمْرِ مِنْهُمْ لَعَلِمَهُ الَّذِينَ يَسْتَنبِطُونَهُ مِنْهُمْ

“When there comes to them some matter touching (Public) safety or fear, they divulge it. If they had only referred it to the Messenger, or to those charged with authority among them, the proper investigators would have Tested it from them (direct)….” (Nisa v83)

The scholars have told us to refute this evil murderer rhetoric and all those who support such ideology.

They further have told us that this is time to cleanse the tarnished name of Islam

They said we must try our best to restore any tensions we see between Muslims and nn musims

قُلْ هَلْ نُنَبِّئُكُم بِالْأَخْسَرِينَ أَعْمَالً

الَّذِينَ ضَلَّ سَعْيُهُمْ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَهُمْ يَحْسَبُونَ أَنَّهُمْ يُحْسِنُونَ صُنْعًا

Say shall I not inform you of those who are the greatest losers regarding their actions, those who went astray working so hard doing deeds (which were not correct) thinking they were acquiring good by their deeds”. (Surah Kahaf v 103/4)

There is no excuse for anyone to remain silent whilst he acknowledges distortion and heresy that occurs in the name of Islam. Indeed Allah praised the truthful believers that they

الَّذِينَ يُبَلِّغُونَ رِسَالَاتِ اللَّهِ وَيَخْشَوْنَهُ وَلَا يَخْشَوْنَ أَحَدًا إِلَّا اللَّهَ ۗ وَكَفَىٰ بِاللَّهِ حَسِيبًا

relate the message of Allah and fear Him and do not fear anyone but Allah. And Allah is sufficient as a Reckoner. “ (Ahzaab:39)

and He warned about hiding knowledge saying:

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَكْتُمُونَ مَا أَنزَلْنَا مِنَ الْبَيِّنَاتِ وَالْهُدَىٰ مِن بَعْدِ مَا بَيَّنَّاهُ لِلنَّاسِ فِي الْكِتَابِ ۙ أُولَٰئِكَ يَلْعَنُهُمُ اللَّهُ وَيَلْعَنُهُمُ اللَّاعِنُونَ

indeed those who conceal what we revealed of clarity, guidance, evidences and proofs after we have made it clear for the people in the book they are the ones cursed by Allah and cursed by the cursers”. ( Baqarah:159).

his (s) saying: “any man who gives a sign of safety to another man’s blood then kills him, then I am free from that killer even if the killed is a disbeliever”(Ahmed and Albani made it saheeh).

  1. مِنْ أَجْلِ ذَٰلِكَ كَتَبْنَا عَلَىٰ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ أَنَّهُ مَن قَتَلَ نَفْسًا بِغَيْرِ نَفْسٍ أَوْ فَسَادٍ فِي الْأَرْضِ فَكَأَنَّمَا قَتَلَ النَّاسَ جَمِيعًا وَمَنْ أَحْيَاهَا فَكَأَنَّمَا أَحْيَا النَّاسَ جَمِيعًا
  1. Let us Look at the Incident an what happened:
  2.  the killer admitted his guilt
  3. we killed this man because british soldiers are killing people in our lands daily …and this is one such soldier….so this is an eye for an eye .
  4. we are forced by many verses in the quran like that in surah at towba and many other verses…that say we must fight them as they fight us..an eye for an eys..and a tooth for a tooth…
  5. leave our lands and you can live in peace..
  6. he said:’ this is what happens in our lands now you get to see what its like”
  7. ‘you people need to remove your governments’
  8. “you people will never be in peace”. These are words commonly used by takfiris, and jihadist like bin laden, al Qaida and other extremists.

I say in response :

We killed this man because British soldiers are killing muslims in our lands…this is against the teacings of the sharia. Allah says:

وَإِنِ اسْتَنصَرُوكُمْ فِي الدِّينِ فَعَلَيْكُمُ النَّصْرُ إِلَّا عَلَىٰ قَوْمٍ بَيْنَكُمْ وَبَيْنَهُم مِّيثَاقٌ ۗ وَاللَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ بَصِيرٌ

Allah says in Surah al Anfaal: “those who believe and did not do the hijrah, you have no allegiance to them in the slightest until they perform the hijrah – and if they seek help from you in the religion then upon you is to aid them.  Except in the case where there is an agreement between you and a people. Allah is all aware of what you do. (Anfaal: 72)

This obliges us Muslims who reside in non Muslim lands to uphold our oaths and agreements by which they allowed us in, regardless if we entered with a temporary or permanent visa or with a view to attaining citizenship.

So if they want to enter into a war with the transgressing enemy, it was an obligation upon them to first inform the other side (transgressing enemy) in an absolute, clear manner that the treaty or agreement had been cancelled just as is mentioned in the following verse:

وَإِمَّا تَخَافَنَّ مِن قَوْمٍ خِيَانَةً فَانبِذْ إِلَيْهِمْ عَلَىٰ سَوَاءٍ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ الْخَائِنِينَ

and if you fear treachery from a people, then clearly denounce any obligations you have with them, for Allah does not love the treacherous.” (Anfaal v58)

I will give one example from the words of one of the greatest scholars of Islam Imam Shafi (rh) died in 204H may Allah have mercy upon him. He stated in his book ‘Al Umm’ which is considered from the most important books of Islamic fiqh the following:

“[In a situation where] a group of Muslims entered a land of war under an agreement of safety. In that war, the people at war with the Muslims took some of the Muslims women and girls as slaves and prisoners. The Muslims who entered under agreement of safety cannot fight the people who are at war with the Muslims until they make absolutely clear to them that they negate the agreement of safety, and after that they should give warning to them. If the safety agreement is then broken and made clear they are able to fight them. As for the period of when they had security (agreement) then they are not allowed to fight them.” (Al Umm V4/p375)

Also he stated: “When a group of Muslims entered a land of war under an agreement of safety.  Their enemies are safe from them until they leave them or the time period of safety expires.  And they are not allowed to oppress them or cheat them, even if the enemies take the Muslim women and children as captives. I do not like for them to be treacherous to their enemies I would rather they ask their enemies to return their agreement of safety to them. Only after they have openly disbanded their agreement and that is clear to both sides, then they should fight them for their Muslim women and children.” (Al Umm V4, p248)

The woolich murder then said:

“We are forced by many verses in the quran like that in surah at towba and many other verses…that say we must fight them as they fight us..an eye for an eys..and a tooth for a tooth…”

Allah says:

وَقَاتِلُواْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللّهِ الَّذِينَ يُقَاتِلُونَكُمْ وَلاَ تَعْتَدُواْ إِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يُحِبُّ الْمُعْتَدِينَ

“and fight in the way of Allah those who fight you and do not transgress for verily Allah does not love the transgressor”

So this is the danger of litre knowledge…. he has not been taught:

his (s) saying: “any man who gives a sign of safety to another man’s blood then kills him, then I am free from that killer even if the killed is a disbeliever”(Ahmed and Albani made it saheeh).

وَإِمَّا تَخَافَنَّ مِن قَوْمٍ خِيَانَةً فَانبِذْ إِلَيْهِمْ عَلَىٰ سَوَاءٍ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ الْخَائِنِينَ

This Quranic text – “And if you fear treachery from a people then clearly denounce any obligations you have with them for Allah does not love the treacherous” (Anfaal: 58)

and Allah saying:

وَلاَ تَعْتَدُواْ إِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يُحِبُّ الْمُعْتَدِينَ

and his saying:

وَإِنِ اسْتَنصَرُوكُمْ فِي الدِّينِ فَعَلَيْكُمُ النَّصْرُ إِلَّا عَلَىٰ قَوْمٍ بَيْنَكُمْ وَبَيْنَهُم مِّيثَاقٌ ۗ وَاللَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ بَصِيرٌ [

  • • Muslims consider all life forms as sacred. However, the sanctity of human life is accorded a special place. The first and the foremost basic right of a human being is the right to live. The Qur’an says about the one who kills an innocent person: “….it would be as if he killed the whole of mankind: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole of mankind.”   [Al-Qur’an 5:32]
  • • From Abu Hurairah from the messenger of Allah who said; “abstain from the seven most awesome sins (meaning most destructive) it was said what are they oh messenger of Allah. He said: “making partners with Allah, magic, killing an innocent soul, eating the wealth of the orphan, taking interest, and turning your back against the enemy and accusing the chaste believing women.” (Bukhari/Muslim)
  • • Even in a state of war, Islam enjoins that one deals with the enemy nobly on the battlefield. Islam has drawn a clear line of distinction between the combatants and the non-combatants of the enemy country. As far as the non-combatant population is concerned such as women, children, the old and the infirm, the instructions of the Prophet are as follows: “Do not kill any old person, any child or any woman” (Abu Dawood) “Do not kill the monks in monasteries” or “Do not kill the people who are sitting in places of worship.” (Musnad Imam Ahmad)  Thus non-combatants are guaranteed security of life even if their state is at war with an Islamic state.
  • • Narrated from Ali ® that the Prophet (s) said: “Muslim protection is equal for all, even the lowest of them carry it out, and so whoever violates one who is given sanctuary by a Muslim…then  upon him is the curse of Allah, the angels, and all the people. Allah will not accept from him a single good deed or justice” (Bukhari and Muslim)
  • • From Ibn Umar who said the messenger of Allah said: “A banner will be erected for the treacherous one on the Day of Judgment and it will be said; “this is the treachery of so and so” (Bukhari and Muslim).
  • • From Umar bin al Hamiki who said I heard the messenger of Allah say: “whoever gives safety to a man then kills him then he will carry the banner of treachery on the Day of Judgment.” (Ahmed, Ibn Majah)
  • • Ibn Masood narrates that the messenger (s) said: “the first to face trial amongst the people will be those who spilled blood.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
  • • From Abdullah bin Umar he said the messenger of Allah (s) said; “whoever kills one who is binded by oath will not smell the fragrance of paradise and its smell can be found from a journey of forty years away.” (Bukhari) and al Nisaai uses the following words: “…and whoever kills someone from the people who are protected…”
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